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>> jeff: tonight high drama. skydiver felix baumgartner jumped from 24 miles up and landed safely. mark strassmann on the extraordinary 10 minute flight. >> i think the most exciting moment was when i was standing outside on top of the world. >> jeff: he served 30 years in the senate and was rarely out of the spotlight. sharyl attkisson with a look back at the life of arlen specor who died today. election day is about more than just the presidency, in three states a chance to vote on the recreational use of marijuana. barry petersen reports. and shuttle endeavour, a late arrival at its new home. ben tracy on the slow crawl through the streets of los angeles. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news."
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>> and good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. in the sky over new mexico today a man jumped from 24 miles up and broke the sound barrier on the way down. a first. felix baumgartner broke that barrier by more than 100 miles an hour, then landed with ease. with details, here's mark strassmann. >> reporter: felix baumgartner climbed into the strat sphere more than 24 miles above new mexico's desert. the 43-year-old austrian skydiver was about to become a human missile and plunge farther and fast never freefall than anyone in history. >> everything is in the green, doing great. >> reporter: his ascent had landed two and a half hours, in a capsule hoisted by a 55 story helium balloon, rising 1,000 feet a minute. the only hitch, baumgartner's viser foingd up when his helmet's heater stopped working. >> this is getting serious, joe. >> i do not think i have safe feeting -- -- heating. >> joe kittinger was the
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voice in his ear. >> there it, there is the world out there. >> reporter: in 1960 kittinger, then an air force captain set the freefall record with a dive from 102,000 feet. he spent four years helping train baumgartner for this moment, the plunge from 128,000 feet. >> i wish you could see what i can see. >> reporter: within 30 seconds the preliminary speed topped out at 833 miles per hour, the first human in freefall to break the speed of sound. but there was trouble and drama. for about 10 seconds he went into a potentially catastrophic flat spin, spinning like a top. he regained control back in a head down controlled position to the relief of everyone in mission control. history fall lasted four minutes and 19 seconds, more than one minute short of kittinger's record before his chute opened on schedule. no olympic gymnast has ever stuck a landing quite like this.
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>> four years getting to the same spot that joe kittinger got to here. and there is a young guy sitting next to me asking for advice because he wants to break my record. >> reporter: felix baum gautner, the man who fell to earth today like no one ever has. mark straussman, cbs news, atlanta. >> jeff: coincidentally on this day in 1947 a 24-year-old american test pilot named chuck yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier in a plane, a bell x-1 experimental. in campaign 2012 to you both president obama and mitt romney are preparing for tuesday's second presidential debate. no fund-raisers, no major appearance, mostly studying. while that takes place republicans continue hammering the president on the administration's handling of the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. jan crawford is in washington and has more on that. >> reporter: to say that the stakes are high in tuesday's
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town hall debate could be an understatement. the president's performance in that first debate was widely criticized. romney surged in the polls and he now holds a slight lead over the president. under pressure to turn it around mr. obama will have to defend his response to last month's attack in bengal-- benghazi which killed four americans including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. the administration is under increasing criticism for initially refusing to call the attacks terrorism. in an exchange with bob schieffer on face the nation senator lindsey graham a senior member of the senate arms services committee was harsh. >> i think they have been misleading us but it finally caught up. >> schieffer: that si a very serious charge that you've just leveled, senator graham. are you saying that the administration deliberately mislead the american people to make it look as if terrorism is-- is not as much of a threat as apparently it is? >> either they are misleading the american
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people or incredibly incompetent. they are very political when it comes to foreign policy. when something goes bad, they deny, they deceive and they delay. >> reporter: libya became an issue last week on the campaign trail, especially after thursday's vice presidential debate when joe biden said the white house wasn't informed of multiple requests for more security at the consulate. >> we weren't told they wanted more security. we did not know they wanted more security. >> reporter: obama campaign advisor david axelrod tried to deflect criticism sunday by pointing the finger at romney. >> from the beginning of this issue, before any facts are were known, he was craveenly trying to eck ploit it and look, that's politics. >> reporter: now for much of the past month in his campaign rallies romney hasn't been hitting the administration's response to that attack although he sure did at the end of the past week. and then jeff today, the slain ambassador's father weighed in telling bloomberg news in a phone interview and this is a quote t would be really abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue,
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jeff. >> jeff: jan crawford, thank you. joining us is our political director john dickerson in washington. john, a lot of discussion of benghazi right now. on election day how much do voters typically factor in foreign policy? >> well n this election where voters have told us consistently that they care the most about sdwrobs and the economy, that's likely to be the big issue on everybody's mind. the political danger for the president, though, about the libya issue is that the romney campaign is trying to attach it to a larger critique of this administration. that on issues from libya to the economy they are out of ideas. that they are not on the case that they've not been showing leadership. so in that way it's a way for romney to make a case about the administration as a whole even though it's on an issue that will not be front of mind for voters. >> jeff: let's talk about the electoral college math now if we could for a moment. what does the math look like right now for each candidate? >> the math favors president obama at the start. there are more states that
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he is likely to win in his column than for mitt romney. then when you look at the battleground states, the president has more pathways to get to that magical number of 270. so for example, he could lose florida, ohio, and virginia to mitt romney and still there are enough battle grouped states that he could cobble together that 270 number. for a rom three, reallying thins have been going better recently in colorado and florida. that helps him erase the president's advantage in the electoral college so it all comes down to ohio. romney has been there four out of the last five days. and the president is paying close attention to the 18 electoral votes there. so we're at another election in which we're all talking about ohio. >> jeff: john dickerson, thank you. >> long time pennsylvania senator arlen spector was at the end of his career switched sides from republican to democrats died today at the age of 82. the cause of death was cancer. and he had been fighting it for years. sharyl attkisson has more.
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>> reporter: during most of his 30 years in the senate, arlen spector was best known as a moderate republican. serving on the powerful senate judish area committee which he is remembered for his opposition to conservative supreme court nominee robert work in 1987. >> and the concern i have is where is the predictable in judge work. >> reporter: and his aggressive questioning of anita hill for the hearing for clarence thom nass 1919. >> well, when you say a number of things might occur, what what sort of things. >> reporter: he was a ranking member who quickly climbed the political ranks to become pennsylvania's longest serving senator. >> i won the election because of my attention to pennsylvania over 24 years. >> reporter: even before coming to congress, arlen spector had already made a name for himself as philadelphia's district attorney, gaining national attention in the 1960s when he served on the warren commission which investigated the kennedy assassination. and he's credited with
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co-authoring the single bullet theory. first elected to the senate in 1980, spector won five terms until he announced he was switching parties in 2009. >> as the republican party has moved farther and farther to the right, i have found myself increasingly at odds with the republican fill os fee and more in line with the phil os fee. democrat is-- democratic party. >> reporter: two years later he ran for re-election as a dem contract and losin the primary putting an toned hits long-standing political career and jump-starting his return to his other love, the law and stand-up comedy. he recently appeared at caroline's comedy club. >> i have been in the senate for 30 years, practicing comedy. >> reporter: during his time in congress, his biggest ttle was cancer. he overcame a brain tumor,
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non-hodgkin's lymphoma and was recently diagnosed with a new form of the deadly disease which he confirmed in a statement. on battling cancer, he said, it's another battle i intend to win. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. >> jeff: in pakistan growing demonstrations in support of the 14-year-old girl shot and critically wounded by the taliban. tens of thousands rallied in karachi for malala yousufzai, shot on her way home from school five days ago. she remains in critical condition tonight but doctors say mull allah did breathe on her own today when they briefly removed her ventilator. yesterday she moved her limbs. the united arab emirates is sending a plane outfitted as an air ambulance if doctors send her abroad for treatment. relations between neighbors turkey and syria are growing more tense tonight with turkey today closing its airspace to all syrian aircraft. human-rights group accuse the assad government of using cluster bombs in its fight against the rebels. those weapons are widely
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banned around the world because of the danger they suppose to civilians. more than 32,000 people have been killed in syria since the revolt against bashar assad erupted 19 months ago. >> still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news", the shuttle endeavour's slow roll to its final home. hot proposition on the ballot, and not just for medical use. and nine months after the costa concordia ran aground, preparations to move the wreck. am i on the radio? you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job, hello... so why are you doing hers? only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus. for many, prescription nexium not only provides 24-hour heartburn relief, but can also help heal acid-related erosions in the lining of your esophagus. talk to your doctor about the risk for osteoporosis-related bone fractures and low magnesium levels with long-term use of nexium. possible side effects include
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people and forcing 4200 to abandon ship. the final salvage operations begin later this week. as the captain heads to court charged with manslaughter. allen pizzey tells us the captain also has a suit of his own. >> reporter: the captain who turned the costa concordia into this is suing the owners for wrongful dismissal. given that the salvage operation will cost $300 million, he's not likely to be getting any back pay. by the end of the coming week there will be more than 450 workers at the site including 100 divers. anchor points are being drilled into the sea bed to hold the enormous chains that will be used to roll the ship off the rocks where she is lodged. buoyancy tanks 11 stories high will be welded on to the side. the rock it was stuck in the hull when the ship hit a reef has been removed. >> the total was about 95 tons of rock that we took out, we took it out in three sections. >> reporter: 95 tons of rock was stuck in the side of that ship. >> yeah, just the one side of it.
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>> reporter: the salvagemen describe that effort as off the scale of anything ever attempted before. >> it's a challenge and it is, yeah, it's the high point of all of our lives, i think. there will be nothing else like it afterwards and there's been nothing quite like it before. >> reporter: remarkably there has been no pollution in the marine reserve around giglio island but just in case, divers have transplanted rare and protected giant clams to a site well away from the salvage operation. pulling the liner off the rocks and floating her away is scheduled to take 260 working days. but the work depends on the weather. and it's not always like this. the seas around giglio can turn violent in the winter. everything that could break loose in bad weather has been cut away. luxury transcended by the brute force required to prepare the costa concordia for her final cruise to the scrap yard. allen pizzey, cbs news, giglio island, italy. jez next on tonight's "cbs evening news", a proposal to legalize marijuana for
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the front lines of an effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use. the question for voters there and in two other states, washington and oregon, in colorado barry petersen reports there is a good chance voters will say yes. >> this is jezebel's. >> wanda james is readying her new denver restaurant. she and her husband scott once ran a marijuana dispensary and marketed foods with marijuana in them. now they're active supporters of a state constitutional amendment to make it legal in colorado for adults over 21 to possess one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants for personal use. >> if you would like to come home and have a joint and relax with your wife, or your husband, i see absolutely no issue with that whatsoever. there are more ways to relax than just having someone have a can of coors or a jim beam. >> colorado is already one of 17 states that allow marijuana for medical use. with more than 500 dispensaries and carefully monitored growers, the
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business pumps 11 million dollars a year into colorado state coffers. proponents argue taxes from wider marijuana use would generate millions more for school construction. >> let's have marijuana tax money go to our schools rather than criminals in mexico. >> that argument falls flat with amie baca-oehlert, vice president of the colorado education association. baca-oehlert says legalizing marijuana contradicts the anti-drug message taught in schools. >> marijuana has impacts, negative impacts on attention span, brain development, all of these things that impact learning. >> reporter: colorado's governor and local law enforcement officials here worry about a potential conflict with federal law that makes possessing or growing marijuana a crime. >> jefferson county sheriff ted mink fears legallization will attract outsiders to grow here and sell to the rest of the country. >> i live in colorado most of my life and this is not what i think colorado is
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about, is to become the marijuana capital of the united states. >> reporter: state representative jonathan singer supports the idea of treating marijuana like alcohol. a former drug counselor, singer has seen the effects of drug abuse but he says most people who use marijuana do so responsibly. >> marijuana has a potential just like any other drug to hurt people and people need to make that informed decision. but this is not cocaine. this is not meth this is not heroin. >> reporter: a win here could boost legallization efforts elsewhere. while a loss would be a sign that marijuana use is one right many americans are not willing to grant. barry petersen, cbs news, denver. >> jeff: we have today's updated numbers from federal health officials on the meningitis outbreak. there are now more than 200 victims in 14 state 15 people who received the tainted steroid injections have died. >> in north carolina health officials are trying to find the source of an e. coli
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>> jeff: traffic in los angeles can be notoriously difficult. and it seems no vehicle is exempt. even one that weighs 75 tons and has traveled through space. ben tracy tonight on the plotting final-- producting final procession of endeavor. >> reporter: apparently endeavor was struggling with the idea of retirement, when it made its triumphant entrance to the california science center today t was more than 15 hours late. even for a commute in los angeles, this was a whopper. it took the shuttle more than 60 hours to complete the 12 mile route from lax to the museum. on friday it snuck a late night look at a doughnut shop and turned the 405 freeway into a shuttle crossing. >> just such an amazing bit of technology, history,
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adventure. >> when endeavor arrived at the l.a. forum yesterday morning it was more than an hour ahead of schedule. yet then nearly everything seemed to slow the shuttle's roll. >> i actually thought i missed it yesterday when this morning i turned on the news and it was still ground, i thought yeah we're going see it. >> reporter: the growing crowd, some suffering dehydration in the hot sun got in the way. endeavor's 78 foot wingspan nearly clipped buildings and trees, moving at just one-mile-per-hour it wasn't even giving molasses a run for its money. the city had already cut down 400 trees and raised 100 power lines to give the five story shuttle enough room. yet dodging space junk is apparently easier than ducking power poles. >> already high wires had to be lifted while even more trees were trimmed. the shuttle lost more time when a scheduled maintenance stop stretched from two hours to more than five. ette then came the final stretch. the shuttle shuffled down martin luther king, jr. boulevard, navigating historic pine trees planted in honor of the civil rights
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leader. in a city where three days of street clotsures are as welcome as a bad rash, remarkably all of l.a. seemed to rally behind this lengthy shuttle endeavour. >> and it arrived here at the science center without a single scratch. now after 123 million miles in orbit and 12 very challenges one here on earth, it's final mission is now complete. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> jeff: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, 60 minutes. i'm jeff glor. cbs news in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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CBS Evening News
CBS October 14, 2012 6:00pm-6:30pm EDT

News/Business. Jeff Glor. (2012) (CC) (Stereo)

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